Injured Rolex Rider Goes Home

By: Denny Trease Email
By: Denny Trease Email

It's been a long road to recovery for a woman hurt while competing in the Rolex Three Day Event.

On April 26, Laine Ashker suffered injuries to her face and lungs when her horse crashed into a fence. The horse had to be put down, but Ashker Tuesday walked out of the hospital where she has spent the last three weeks.

When the vivaciouis 24 year old Laine Evian Ashker, known by her family and friends as Lainey, was airlifted to UK Hospital after the fall, doctors were not confident this day would ever come.

Lainey's mother, Valerie Ashker, says, "They had come to us and said they didn't really expect Lainey to make it through that Saturday night. Miracles do happen, people. They really do."

And it would be an even bigger miracle if Lainey could overcome all the physical and emotional obstacles and fulfill her wish to return to the highest levels of her sport.. She looks determined when she says, "Hopefully, I'll be back here for the 2010 World Games.

When Valerie Ashker was asked by 27 NEWSFIRST if she would now champion changes in the sport of eventing to make it safer, she said, "I do believe in my heart that we need to change things. How we do it and what needs to be changed, I don't know, but I think Lainey would be a great asset to achieving that. She has a lot to offer, to educate."

The Rolex marked the second time in less than a year that a horse Lainey was riding in competition died so it's important now that she focus on the horses waiting for her back on the farm in Virginia.

Her mother says, "There are horses there ready to tell Lainey that they are alive, they need her attention, they need to have her back with them. And that's when the repair mode will kick in and she will start taking that broken heartedness and put it into something positive that will get her back into the light again."


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  • by Victoria Location: Oklahoma on May 17, 2008 at 07:47 PM
    Chris: It's ignorant comments like yours that really irritate me (and other eventers). This sport is no more dangerous than it was at the 1912 Olympics. The only thing that has changed is the format. We went from long to short which killed the sport. Eventers are taking action to make the sport safer. Accidents happen. That's life. Put your big girl panties on and suck it up.
  • by Biddy Location: Canada on May 14, 2008 at 03:11 PM
    Been following your Blog since the crash...you are a strong woman, and I wish you the best. I look forward to seeing you ride again.
  • by chris Location: ky on May 14, 2008 at 09:58 AM
    WOW. The story in the paper says she had another horse die on her from a burst artery less than a year ago! Time to give this sport up as it is nothing but dangerous to humans and horses as well. Can't you just trail ride or something?
  • by Morgan Location: Illinois on May 13, 2008 at 09:13 PM
    Go Laine!!!!!

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